Jeff Weber remembers Casey Kasem
This weekend, legendary radio personality Casey Kasem passed away.
Jeff Weber, president of BizTalkRadio, remembers Casey:
“One afternoon in 1983, I was working on the air at a radio station I owned out west. We received word that Karen Carpenter had died. I was quickly trying to think of who I could call in the industry for a comment on her passing. Since we aired Casey’s American Top 40 program I thought I’d see if I could reach him through his syndication company. The person I spoke to on the phone said they’d see if they could get a message to him. Sure enough, within half an hour, the phone rang and an operator said “I have a collect call for Jeff Weber from Casey Kasem…will you accept the charges?”
I was thrilled that he was calling back and ran the tape recorder to record my live interview with him for future airing as well. I was very tempted to ask him if he really did call me collect but it wouldn’t have been appropriate! The interview was classic Casey and I still have the tape to this day.”